Airport Development Fee

Cornwall Council has recenly announced that the ADF will cease being levvied from the end of March 2016

Cornwall Airport Newquay greatly appreciates the continued support of its passengers and airlines in helping to the development of the region's own airport.

What is the Airport Development Fee (ADF)?

Cornwall Airport  Newquay introduced the ADF in 2005 for all departing passengers, 16 and over, to help fund the development of facilities and infrastructure to meet its customer's needs and to maintain and develop the airport's route network.

Where does the money go?

The ADF makes an essential contribution to the ongoing sustainability of Cornwall Airport Newquay. It is invested directly into both the Airport's facilities and infrastructure and maintaining/developing the existing route network to ensure that Cornwall Airport Newquay offers access to as many travellers as possible to the region for business
and leisure travel.

What sort of projects has the ADF been used for?

The ADF has helped investment in the following projects at the airport:

  • Terminal building extension and refurbishment
  • Flight information systems
  • Car park extension
  • Fuel Farm
  • Main apron upgrades for aircraft parking in front of the terminal
  • State of the art radar equipment
  • Fire training and emergency response facilities
  • Air traffic control equipment
  • Runway resurfacing
  • Security equipment upgrades and replacement

What sort of projects will the ADF be used for in the future?

  • Terminal Enhancements
  • Continued support to route development and existing services
  • Business Infrastructure which creates jobs
  • Hangar Development
  • Airport Infrastructure
  • Southern Access Road
  • Match-Funded Development Costs
  • Capital borrowing repayments on projects undertaken

Who has to pay?

All passengers departing from Cornwall Airport Newquay are required to pay the ADF at the following rates:

£5 per passenger aged 16 years and above
£0 per passenger aged 0-15 years

Age applies at the time of departure

How do I pay for the ADF ticket?

Payment machines are located in the airport's terminal building. These machines will accept cash or credit/debit cards payment and will produce a ticket which will allow you to pass through security into the departure lounge.

Why is the ADF fee not included in my ticket price?

Cornwall Airport Newquay has decided to collect the ADF in an open and transparent manner, and all airlines operating from the airport are aware of its existence as a charge payable locally in addition to the flight ticket costs and associated taxes / charges.

What happens if I do not pay the ADF?

The Airport reserves the right to refuse to handle any passengers who do not pay the ADF. All departing passengers must pay the fee and be in possession of a valid ADF ticket to enter the departure lounge at the airport. Your ADF ticket will be checked by security staff as you enter the search area.

What happens if my flight is cancelled after I have paid the ADF?

If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a refund. Please ask at the information desk for details.

Is the ADF unique to Newquay Cornwall Airport?

No, the ADF is also in operation at Norwich International Airport, Blackpool International Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

How do I find out more information or make a complaint?

If you have a question or wish to make a complaint about the fee please talk to a member of the customer services team, telephone 01637 860600 or email

Without the contribution of the ADF the Airport would not have been able to develop and provide the improved facilities it offers passengers now, would not have been able to achieve the transition from military to civilian Airport and therefore the Airport would have closed.